Prof. George Thrush, FAIA
Director, School of Architecture, Northeastern University, Boston, USA


George Thrush is Director of the School of Architecture at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. His research, practice, writing, and teaching all revolve around contemporary urban issues in architecture. The School he heads focuses on design solutions for Boston’s “post-industrial landscape” of former transportation infrastructure and other difficult sites. He is among the primary authors of a comprehensive regional transportation and development proposal for the Boston metropolitan area called The New Urban Ring. His articles include “Ring City: Civic Liberalism and Urban Design” and “Boston’s New Urban Ring: An Antidote to Fragmentation”.  His work seeks to connect transportation, urban design, and civic image in an increasingly privatized economic arena. Thrush has written extensively in the popular press on matters of architecture and urban design. He has served on many public review panels, and in 2011 hosted an academic conference entitled “THE PROCESS: Public Participation and Design in Contested Cities Since the 1960s.” He was one of three recipients nationwide of the 1996 AIA Young Architects Citation. He received his B.Arch. from the University of Tennessee in 1984, and his M. Arch. from Harvard University in 1988. In 2005, his work was celebrated with his entry into the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows. He currently discusses contemporary design and development issues in Boston in his blog for Boston Magazine at

Prof. Dr. h.c. Wilfried Wang
Deputy Director, Architecture Section, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany; O’Neil Ford Centennial Professor in Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin

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Wilfried Wang is the co-founder of Hoidn Wang Partner in Berlin with Barbara Hoidn and since 2002, has been the O’Neil Ford Centennial Professor in Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Wang was born in Hamburg, studied architecture in London; partner with John Southall in SW Architects (1989-95). He was the founding co-editor of 9H Magazine (1979); with Ricky Burdett co-director of the 9H Gallery (1985-90) and Director of the German Architecture Museum (1995-2000). He has taught at the Polytechnic of North London, University College London, ETH Zürich, Städelschule, Harvard University, and the Universidad de Navarra. Professor Wang is the author and editor of various architectural mono- and topographs. Co-editor of the O’Neil Ford Mono- and Duograph Series. Chairman of the Erich Schelling Architecture Foundation; deputy chair of the Design Review Board of Munich Airport; adjunct member of the Federation of German Architects; foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm; member and deputy director of the architecture section of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin; honorary member of the Portuguese Chamber of Architects.


Frank Barkow
Co-founder and Partner of Barkow Leibinger, Berlin


Frank Barkow studied architecture at Montana State University and the Harvard GSD. He is Professor at the Royal College of Art in London and has recently taught at the EPFL in Lausanne, Harvard GSD, and University of Wisconsin in conjunction with his firm winning the Marcus Prize for Architecture. In 1993 Frank Barkow and Regine Leibinger founded their practice in Berlin. Their interdisciplinary, discursive attitude allows their work to expand and respond to advancing knowledge and technology. Recent projects include a gatehouse and factory-campus event space in Stuttgart Germany and the TRUTEC Office Building in Seoul. Current research projects have focused on digital laser cutting; infra light concrete, facade systems, space-frames, and ceramic elements. Current projects in Berlin include a high rise near the main train station for CA Immo Developments. Barkow Leibinger’s research work was shown recently at the 4th Marrakech Biennale and was included in the 11th Architecture Biennale, Venice, Arsenale Show. It was shown at the Architectural Association in London and 032c Gallery in Berlin in conjunction with the publication of the catalogue “An Atlas of Fabrication”. Their work is in the permanent collections of MoMA, New York where it is currently on display, the Heinz Architecture Center, Pittsburgh, and the Deutsches Architektur Museum, Frankfurt.

Christoph Breit
 Member of the local initiative Bürgerinitiative 100% Tempelhofer Feld, Berlin


Christoph Breit is a Berlin based economic geographer and freelance researcher working in the fields of market research, business integrity research and program evaluation. Prior to working as a freelancer, Christoph conducted a number of bespoke integrity due diligence, market research and survey research projects with an international risk consultancy, a real estate company and a public sector consultancy. Christoph studied Geography, Sociology and Political Economy at Humboldt University of Berlin and at the University of Technology in Dresden, Germany. His studies focused on urban and regional development in Central and Eastern Europe. Christoph has lived in the Polish cities of Warsaw and Wrocław and in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, beside a number of German cities. Christoph’s mother tongue is German, completed by proficiencies in English and Polish as well as working knowledge of Russian.

Ruth Conroy Dalton
Professor of Building Usability and Visualisation, Northumbria University


Ruth Conroy Dalton is Professor of Building Usability and Visualisation at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, situated in the North East of England.  She is an alumnus of University College London. As a licensed architect, she has worked for Foster and Partners (London) and Sheppard Robson Corgan Architects (London); key projects on which she has worked include the Carré d’Art de Nîmes, in France, the Palaçio de Congresos in Valencia, Spain, and the Kings Cross International Terminal, London (unbuilt). She has taught at the Architectural Association, London, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA and the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Ruth Conroy Dalton’s research interests are centred around the relationship between the spatial layout of buildings and environments and their effect on how people understand and interact in those spaces. She is an expert in space syntax analysis, architectural and spatial cognition and pedestrian movement/wayfinding. She is passionately interested in placing the user at the centre of architectural design.

Kaye Geipel
Architect and Urban Designer


Kaye Geipel is an architectural critic, architect and urban designer in Berlin. Since 2010 he has been the deputy chief editor of the weekly German architectural journal Bauwelt.

He has given lectures and written on the subject of housing and large housing settlement structures of the 1950s till today. He has been a member of architecture and urban design juries, including the “Grand Prix d’urbanisme”, the annual urban design prize of France. Geipel has served on juries for Europan Germany, Spain, France and Austria. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of Europan Germany.

Geipel has conducted research on the subject of public space. He is co-editor of Public Spheres: Who says that public space functions, research on the contemporary changes in public space in Europe. He is co-author of the research project by the office LIN on the international urban consultation on “Grand Paris” with regard to the development of metropolitan Paris.

David Hacin, FAIA
President, Hacin + Associates, Boston

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David Hacin is the President of Hacin + Associates, an architecture and interior design firm recognized internationally for its work in housing, retail, and interior design, as well as a Principal at Sasaki Associates, Inc. Mr. Hacin is active in civic, academic, and professional organizations, and has chaired and served on numerous boards and juries in Boston and across the country. He currently serves on the Northeastern University School of Architecture Advisory Board and regularly serves as a guest critic at design schools across the country. A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Mr. Hacin was also recently inducted into the New England Design Hall of Fame. Originally from Switzerland, Mr. Hacin graduated summa cum laude from Princeton and received his Masters in Architecture with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.


Christoph Hölscher
Chair of Cognitive Science at ETH Zurich


Christoph Hoelscher is a psychologist by training, and since February 2013 holds the new Chair of Cognitive Science at ETH Zurich. For the past ten years he has served in various roles at the Cognitive Science Center of the University of Freiburg, Germany. He is a principal investigator on two projects on architecture and human behavior in the SFB/TR8 Spatial Cognition, R6-SpaceGuide and I6-NavTalk. Christoph is an honorary senior research fellow at University College London, Bartlett School of Architecture, and a visiting professor at UC Santa Barbara.

Christoph’s focus of work is at the intersection of spatial cognition and architectural design. He is leading research on human wayfinding in built environments like complex public buildings and urban environments. Hoelscher’s research group is looking both at the users of buildings and at the architectural designers shaping the environments. Studies on building users include psychological testing of navigation in real-world buildings as well as Virtual Reality simulations, which is seen as a vital Pre-Occupancy Evaluation tool. Studies with architects are conducted to unravel the design thinking underlying building designs, with a focus on ease of wayfinding and how designers anticipate the perspective and requirements of users. The overarching applied goal of Christoph’s research is to enable evidence-based design to address building usability requirements and improve our understanding of human spatial cognition.


Theresa Keilhacker


 Theresa Keilhacker (MArch Sydney), practicing architect, grew up in Munich. After high school graduation, studied at University of Applied Sciences in Detmold, Diploma (Dipl.-Ing.) in 1990, 1992 Member of Architects Chamber Berlin. Winner of the “Australian European Award (AV-CC)” in 1993 for postgraduate studies in Sydney and leading to Master of Architecture degree at Sydney University (Thesis “Urban Densification in Today’s Cities”).

Since 1998 office partnership with Boris Kazanski in Berlin (Urban Design • Architektur). Various academic and professional engagements in Germany and internationally.

Theresa Keilhacker holds the Chair in the Committee for Sustainable Planning and Building in Architektenkammer Berlin since 2005. Since 2006 Jury Member of “Award for Climate Protection Prize of the Year in Berlin“. Since 2007 she is a member of the Council for City Development Berlin, as well as a member in the Society for “Friends and Supporters of the Mies van der Rohe-Haus“, and since 2006 member of the “Society for Promotion of Building Culture in Germany”.


Tim Love
Associate Professor, Northeastern University School of Architecture
+ Founding principal of Utile, Boston


Timothy Love is a tenured Associate Professor at the Northeastern University School of Architecture where he teaches the undergraduate housing studio and the Masters Degree research studio focused on market-driven building types. In addition, Love teaches a seminar that examines the theoretical underpinnings of modern architecture in the context of the preoccupations of contemporary practice.

Love is also the founding principal of Utile, an architecture and planning firm that specializes in the unique regulatory, political, and design challenges of complex urban projects. The firm is committed to the revitalization of the American city through proactive planning that bridges public and private jurisdictional boundaries. Private land, whether held by for-profit real estate developers or non-profit institutions such as museums, hospitals, and universities, make up the majority of civic space opportunities in our cities. Design speculation is the primary vehicle for discovering opportunities that both encourage private investment and benefit the public realm.


Paul McMorrow
Associate Editor at CommonWealth Magazine, Boston


Paul McMorrow is an associate editor at CommonWealth magazine, where he writes about state politics and public policy. Prior to CommonWealth, he covered commercial real estate and development at Banker & Tradesman. He previously wrote about local politics for Boston magazine and Boston’s Weekly Dig. He is also a regular contributor to BeerAdvocate magazine. His work has been recognized by the City and Regional Magazine Association, the New England Press Association and the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.